‘My dentist’ who refused to accept a ‘gift’ from a US dentist was attacked in court
My dentist, who refused a gift of a dentist’s toothbrush from a visitor in a UK court, was threatened with a $100,000 fine, but his defence team won.
Read more at Business Insider:The American dentist was on holiday in Ireland and had been invited by the British visitor to visit his home, The Irish Times reports.
He declined the gift, saying that it was for a dentist in the US, and said the visitor had never met him before.
He said: “I never expected that I would be treated like that.”
But the visitor, who was in the country on business, was angered by the refusal and tried to get his teeth done in a local hospital, the court heard.
After a week, he returned to Ireland and told his friend he would not be able to come to the UK for a week or so.
When the British dentist returned to the US he found that the American dentist had refused to see him and that he was no longer welcome in the UK, the judge said.
The court heard that Mr Daly had not given a gift to the visitor before and was angry at him for his refusal.
The American tourist said he wanted to get a dentist appointment and told the dentist he did not want him to come, but the dentist refused.
He then sent an email to the American visitor, threatening to go to the police and saying: “This guy will not be going back to America.
I have to be here or I will have to take the toothbrush.”
The visitor said he was “embarrassed” by the message and said he would be calling the American embassy.
Mr Daly then told the American tourist he would write a letter to the Irish Embassy in London and the American citizen was given the opportunity to take a picture of the letter.
But the letter had no reference to the dentist, and it was not sent to him, the Judge said.
After the letter was received, he asked the American to write to the British embassy to say he would do the same thing if he got a gift.
Mr Doyle replied: “If you do not like it, send it to a friend.
You are free to do it yourself.”
He then called the police on the American, who said he had “been warned”.
A post-mortem examination revealed that his jaw had been fractured, his right cheekbone had been dislocated, and his teeth had been knocked out.
The judge said that although the American had no prior criminal record, he had been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder.
He was placed on probation and ordered to pay a $5,000 sanction and court costs.
The British dentist was told that he had committed a serious offence and had to pay an “administrative fine”.
The judge added that the British court could consider imposing a prison sentence, with Mr Daly facing a maximum of 10 years’ imprisonment.
Read More:US dentist sentenced for abusing his patient’s trustIn a statement, Mr Daly’s lawyer said the dentist’s behaviour was “unacceptable”.
He said the court had taken into account that the dentist had been warned about his actions and had apologised for the impact they had on the visitor.
“Mr Daly has shown that he understands his actions have caused an impact on the visitors life.
Mr Daly is very sorry for the harm that has been caused,” the statement read.”
The court accepts that he is remorseful and that his actions were completely unacceptable and he will be seeking to move on from this incident.”
The court also heard that the visit had taken place in June and that the visitor did not know the dentist who refused the toothbrushes gift, and that it could have been prevented if the visitor hadn’t been in Ireland.
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